While Little Skink hunts yummy ants for breakfast, she is suddenly attacked by a crow! But she has a trick to escape. She snaps off her tail, and it keeps on wiggling! Little Skink is happy to be alive, but she misses her bright blue tail. Readers will enjoy pretending with her, trying on tail after tail. The first is too puffy-fluffy, and another too stinky! Then one day Little Skink gets a big surprise and she doesn't have to dream of tails anymore. This book encourages children to be comfortable with themselves as they are.
Mom's Choice Awards: Best Children's Book
Teachers' Choice Award: Learning Magazine
Best Overall Book and Best Picture Book: Florida Publishers Association
Just Read, Florida! Recommended Summer Reading List 2009-2013
"This tale has some funny moments, as well as information. Klein's playful watercolors are vibrant and depict a lively forested world." —School Library Journal
"This is a practical read-aloud choice for younger elementary audiences. Recommended." —Library Media Connection
"Delightful text, fanciful illustrations, and intriguing page lay-outs fill this book. Young readers will find new things each time they read it or hear it." —Children's Literature
"Your children will be mesmerized by the story as well as the beautiful illustrations that accompany this tale of tails." —Front Street Reviews
"One of the most scientifically accurate children's fiction I have found and the only account of skink natural history I have ever found combined with a charming story. . . .A must-have title for all of our Herp programs!" —President, Environmental Education Association of Illinois
"And what can I say? I'm in love!!! Little Skink's Tail is, by far, one of the cutest books of all time. By and far, this is a story that inspires imagination all the while teaching a great lesson. . . .With gorgeous watercolor illustrations, the incredibly talented Laurie Allen Klein captures perfectly the playful and inquisitive story scenes. The story itself reads like a charm, and incoporates both an entertaining story with a good message." —Ready, Set, Read Reviews
"Having worked with elementary children as a school counselor, I believe this book moves beyond the themes of science and nature into the concept of self-esteem as well. I believe that this book affirms that we are always most coomfortable in our own skin." —Tif Talks Books
"In my opinion Little Skink's Tail is a homeschool mother's dream picture book. The story on its own is of course entertaining and carries a good message, but there is so much more to this picture book. The illustrations are well done and each page not only helps to illustrate the story but also shares in detail what can be found in Little Skink's natural habitats. . . .Like all Sylvan Dell Publishing books there is a lesson plan in the back of the book—a homeschool mother's dream, you don't have to worry about making up your own!" —Heart of the Matter
"I have to say this is one of my favorite children's books. It is one that will be loved by children, as well as their parents/adults. Mixing a wonderfully written story, unforgettable pictures and fun education is a can't miss combination! I highly recommend this book to everyone - and think it would make an excellent addition to any library and classroom!"